Prominent allies of former President Donald Trump warned of “demonic territory” on the country and a “satanic portal” on the White House as they spoke at a weekend conference.
The ReAwaken America Tour held what it described as a “sold out” event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Friday and Saturday. Speakers at the far-right event included Pastor Mark Burns, right-wing strategist Roger Stone, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, son of former President Eric Trump and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn .
Burns, a staunch Trump supporter and House GOP candidate for South Carolina’s 4th District, took aim at the LGBTQ community, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and leading congressional Democrats during his speech Saturday. Notably, despite his staunch support for the former president, Trump recently backed his incumbent Rep. William Timmons in the South Carolina GOP primary.
“The Bible says, ‘We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of high places.’ Satan is bigger than Lindsey Graham,” Burns said, earning audible agreement from the audience. Graham represents South Carolina.
“You want to get rid of Lindsey Graham? asked the pastor. “So get rid of the demonic territory that’s above the earth. You’re not answering me. I can’t get help here,” he added, drawing applause and cheers from the large crowd.
Graham was widely seen as a Trump ally during the former president’s tenure in the White House. However, the GOP senator has received backlash from Trump since leaving office.
“I mean, Lindsey is a nice guy, but he’s a RINO,” Trump told Newsmax in February. RINO is an acronym meaning “Republican in name only”.
Speaking Friday night, Stone, who received a pardon from Trump in December 2020, also spoke about Satan.
“There is a satanic portal above the White House, you can see it day and night,” the Trump ally claimed. “It exists. It is real. And it must be closed. And it will be closed with prayer,” he added, drawing applause and cheers. Stone went on to say that this “portal” first appeared after President Joe Biden “became president, and it will be closed before he leaves.”
Flynn described the United States as having a “biblical destiny” at the event. The retired general referred to the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, explaining that the author spoke of a “city on a hill”. He then referenced former President Ronald Reagan, saying “he said it’s a shiny city on a hill.” Flynn argued that the United States was built on “a set of Judeo-Christian principles”.
Burns, whom Flynn had previously endorsed, also proudly stated in his remarks that he calls LGBTQ people “queer” and claimed that same-sex marriage is “illegal”, citing the Bible. He also said he would go to Congress and “declare the word of God right in the face of Nancy Pelosi, right in the face of AOC.” AOC is an acronym for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat from New York City.
ReAwaken America has held regular events across the country in recent months. Since mid-April, the tour featuring Trump allies, right-wing commentators and GOP candidates has visited Oklahoma, Florida, California, Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, Ohio and Oregon. He also has upcoming events planned in Virginia and New York. The events combine conservative Christian religious ideals with generally pro-Trump and anti-Biden rhetoric, rallying attendees to fight Democratic control in the nation’s Capitol.
Burns regularly combines religious themes with his political remarks. At a February ReAwaken America event in Ohio, he said God would “raise armies” to help conservatives “shut down” Democratic-run America.
“Are you ready to fight with me? Shout yeah! the pastor shouted during his remarks. “Are you ready to stay with me? Scream yeah!”